…he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

For in him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1; NIV).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12; NIV).

Thank you for staying close to us
When we suffer,
However alone
Or far from you
We feel.

Please speak to us
In, and through,
Our afflictions
And hardships;

Encourage us to learn
All they can teach us;

Support us as we help
Ourselves, and others,
As much as we can;

Make us joyful in hope,
Patient in affliction,
And faithful in prayer;

And bring us safely
Through our trials at last.

In Jesus’ holy name,

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